We took the romance car from Shinjuku to Hakone-Yumoto station. We dropped off our luggage at our accommodation, Kappa Tengoku, which was right next to Hakone-Yumoto station (but required a climb up a long flight of stairs with our luggage).
The first place we visited was Gora Park. Check out the gorgeous autumn colours!
The sun set really early in Winter (4+pm), so by the time we were done visiting the Little Prince Museum, it was getting dark and we went back to our accommodation to rest.
We started with a round trip cruise on the pirate ship. The weather was not good when we were there and we couldn’t see Mount Fuji at all, but the autumn colours along the way was breath-taking!
After we returned to Togendai, we went on the Hakone Ropeway.
We got off at Owakudani which was a sulphur mountain.
At Owakudani, we had to try their black eggs and black ramen. Legend says that each black egg will lengthen your life by 7 years. But don’t eat more than 2, you will probably die of high cholesterol first
The black ramen was kind of a marketing gimmick, nothing special taste-wise. But oh well, I am a sucker for marketing gimmicks, especially in Japan.
After eating, we took the ropeway back to Togendai and went for a walk around the station to admire the beautiful autumn leaves.
From there, we drove to Lake Yamanaka, and hopped off the car when we came across a scenic viewpoint.
And we arrived at Lake Yamanaka!
The autumn foliage around Lake Yamanaka was amazing!
Next, we drove to Lake Kawaguchiko and visited UKAI Kawaguchiko Music Forest.
Don’t forget to catch the music fountain show at UKAI Kawaguchiko Music Forest.
And wait till dusk when the lights come on.
The first place we drove to was the Otodome Waterfall.
Next, we drove to Narusawa Ice Cave and Fugaku Wind Cave which were.. boring. But oh well, it was along the way to Shiraito Falls so no harm popping by if you have time.
And we finally reached the highlight of the drive: Shiraito Falls!
Look at all those amazing autumn colours!
From there, we drove to Fuji Safari Park for a Jurassic Park-style safari tour.
It was super cool driving through Fuji Safari Park where animals like giraffes and lions (yes, lions) could brush past our car.
After we were done touring the safari park, we drove to Oshino Hakkai – Home to one of Japan’s famous spring water.
While we were there, we spotted a VERY faint glimpse of Mount Fuji!
After we descended, we drove to Oishi Park on the North shore of Kawaguchiko. The view of Mount Fuji from the inconspicuous park was AMAZING!!
And after waiting around long enough, that annoying piece of cloud at the top of Mount Fuji finally cleared!
Next, we drove to Gotemba Premium Outlet for lunch and shopping. Can’t say I’m big on shopping – I was there more for the view!
We dined at the food court with a view of Mount Fuji.
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